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Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America [Paperback]

Phil Noyes , Bryan Burkhart , Allison Arieff
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July 15 2002
Trailer Travel showcases the rich visual history of America∆s enduring fascination with life on the road. Beautifully reproduced color and black-and-white images culled from public archives and the private collections of passionate trailerites vividly document the travel trailer∆s storied past.



This engaging volume offers a look at motor-camping trips in the early 1900s, the unparalleled innovations in trailer design during the thirties, rare and unique trailer models and interiors, and an extensive array of bold and graphic promotional material, literature, and postcards that illustrate the undeniable attraction of living on wheels. Trailer Travel is the perfect book for the fan of the open road and the fervent collector of trailer ephemera.

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Culled from the private collections of passionate trailerites, the book is chock full of color and black-and-white illustrations including linen postcards of trailer camps and auto courts and campy family photographs. This is the perfect book for the fan of the open road or the fervent collector of trailer ephemera.

About the Author

Documentary filmaker Phil Noyes is a producer of the popular PBS series California's Gold. He has completed a documentary about the history of the RV in America that will air beginning in spring 2002. BRYAN BURKHART is the designer and co-author of Airstream: The History of the Land Yacht and Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America. As creative director of his own firm, Modernhouse, he has designed books for Taschen, Chronicle Books, and Gibbs-Smith Publishers. Arieff and Burkhart live in San Francisco. Allison Arieff is a writer, senior editor of the architecture magazine dwell, and co-author of Trailer Travel. She is also the editor of several books on art and culture, including Airstream: A History of the Land Yacht and Hatch Show Print: The History of a Great American Poster Shop. She lives in San Francisco

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Candy For The Trailer Park Crowd April 26 2003
Format:Paperback
This book brings together a wonderful collection of visual images of travel trailers from the late 1920s through the 1950s. The images come from vintage photographs, publicity brochures, and other publications. A majority of the materials come from the collections of the University of Southern California, the Auto Club of Southern California, and Vintage Vacations (a California travel trailer restoration company). The quality of the image reproduction is excellent making this book a genuine feast for the eyes.
Although subtitled "A Visual History Of Mobile America," the majority of pictures are from California with the rest of the country only sketchily represented if at all. Florida is the only other state to have more than one or two pictures included.
The book has eight chapters. Each begins with one page of text consisting of three paragraphs. The rest of the chapters are illustrations with captions and quotes. The first chapter "Motor Camping" has some of the earliest photos and portrays the beginnings of the travel trailer craze. The second chapter "Selling The dream" contains a collection of illustrations from brochures and advertisements. "Wish You Were Here," the third chapter, is a collection of postcards both humorous and illustrative. The fourth chapter "Trailer Shows" contains pictures from various California trailer shows. Pictures of the latest trailer designs are often enhanced by including attractive female models. "Take A Look Inside" is the next chapter which portrays the interior furnishings of travel trailers. Again attractive female models often enhance the photos. "I've Got This Idea" is a chapter that captures some of the more inventive and original travel trailer designs. A whole chapter is devoted to "Trailer Logos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite book! Sept. 3 2002
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Format:Paperback
I am so happy that there is finally a book about this part of American pop culture that has been largely ignored! I had no idea that so many amazing pictures have survived all these years. The graphics are wonderful and I love all of the logos. Great book.
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It really is a great little book. The endless pictures are the selling point as I could (and have) look at them again & again!
If you like trailers, or 50's Americana Camp this is a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! What a great book! July 25 2002
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Format:Paperback
Colorful, instructive and full of eye candy. It's about time someone published a book for those of us who love vintage travel trailers and just plain Americana. This book will live on the very top of my coffee table library.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Candy For The Trailer Park Crowd April 26 2003
By F. Orion Pozo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book brings together a wonderful collection of visual images of travel trailers from the late 1920s through the 1950s. The images come from vintage photographs, publicity brochures, and other publications. A majority of the materials come from the collections of the University of Southern California, the Auto Club of Southern California, and Vintage Vacations (a California travel trailer restoration company). The quality of the image reproduction is excellent making this book a genuine feast for the eyes.
Although subtitled "A Visual History Of Mobile America," the majority of pictures are from California with the rest of the country only sketchily represented if at all. Florida is the only other state to have more than one or two pictures included.
The book has eight chapters. Each begins with one page of text consisting of three paragraphs. The rest of the chapters are illustrations with captions and quotes. The first chapter "Motor Camping" has some of the earliest photos and portrays the beginnings of the travel trailer craze. The second chapter "Selling The dream" contains a collection of illustrations from brochures and advertisements. "Wish You Were Here," the third chapter, is a collection of postcards both humorous and illustrative. The fourth chapter "Trailer Shows" contains pictures from various California trailer shows. Pictures of the latest trailer designs are often enhanced by including attractive female models. "Take A Look Inside" is the next chapter which portrays the interior furnishings of travel trailers. Again attractive female models often enhance the photos. "I've Got This Idea" is a chapter that captures some of the more inventive and original travel trailer designs. A whole chapter is devoted to "Trailer Logos." It was in this chapter that I found the only reference to my 1948 trailer made in Alma, Michigan.
The book ends with a chapter on "Teardrops," compact trailers with outdoor kitchens built into a back hatch. A one page bibliography provides both current and historic books and articles for further reading. A joyful coffee table book, light on text, but very rich on illustrations, that is eye candy for the trailer park crowd.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite book! Sept. 3 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am so happy that there is finally a book about this part of American pop culture that has been largely ignored! I had no idea that so many amazing pictures have survived all these years. The graphics are wonderful and I love all of the logos. Great book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! What a great book! July 25 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Colorful, instructive and full of eye candy. It's about time someone published a book for those of us who love vintage travel trailers and just plain Americana. This book will live on the very top of my coffee table library.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw the review in TIME Magazine, ran out & got it... Aug. 21 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It really is a great little book. The endless pictures are the selling point as I could (and have) look at them again & again!
If you like trailers, or 50's Americana Camp this is a great book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very entertaining June 10 2014
By tom peck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
a good visual archive of posters, advert's and old pictures of real people. great way to look inside classic travel trailers, pre-1970.
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